I’ve been reading a lot about mindfulness lately. The practice is everywhere. It’s the new catch phrase in the office. It’s being used to teach kids in school. It has even found its way into the delivery room.
But it makes sense that people are drawn to this idea because its the antithesis to the world we’ve created: where we wear multi-tasking as a badge of honour, double and triple book our time and smugly boast about how “busy” we are when asked how things are going.
We try to focus on a million things at once until we’re so physically and mentally exhausted that we can’t focus on anything at all. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve run around like a lunatic trying to get my shit out the door in the morning, only to arrive at work not remembering the drive in because my brain shut down the second my butt was in the car. It’s a vicious cycle of insanity and autopilot.
I’ve been on maternity leave for nearly nine months. I thought it would be a break from the rat race, but it isn’t. The race is still the same. It’s just different rats. I feel like the time is going by too fast, like I’m missing out on all the little moments that I should be making the most of because I’m still caught up in this need to always be getting shit done.
So I started reading about mindfulness. And the more I read, the more I realized that what I was learning could help in other areas of my life too — like my finances. Here’s how.